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“Small Change” ready for debut in Temescal, plus new hot pot and Yemeni spots

“Small Change” ready for debut in Temescal, plus new hot pot and Yemeni spots

This new counter (in the former Mo’Joe Cafe Oakland) offers fast-casual Yemeni cuisine, including rice bowls, wraps, pita bread or salads with spicy halal lamb, steak, chicken or falafel, as well as fresh sides and sauces. Food is served in larger portions for families upon request, and there are also kids’ meals, as well as snacks like sambusas and desserts like baklava. Abu Yemen Cuisine160 14th St., Suite A (at Madison Street), Oakland

Natural wine bar and eclectic small plates restaurant The Black Cat is now open in Livermore, operated by co-owners (and partners) Dina Parks and Gianni Schell. The stylish, pretty nightspot has a modern-nostalgic design feel, with cozy tables for sharing dishes, an inviting bar for local and natural wines, craft cocktails and beers, and a small bottle shop. Reservations are available here. The black cat2241 First St. (between SJ Street and S Livermore Avenue), Livermore

If all goes according to plan, July 10 will be opening day for Small Change, Branden Nichols’ long-awaited oyster bar in the Temescal neighborhood (the restaurant is named after his grandfather’s fishing boat). Expect long lines outside the former Doña Tomas restaurant, an appealing indoor bar, cozy patio seating, and diners who already know Nichols’ dishes from years of successful seafood pop-ups and his former oyster kiosk at Martinez grocery store Market & Main. In addition to oysters, look for classic and seasonal seafood dishes (including lobster rolls and cups of New England clam chowder) from chef Lauryn Dakota Holbert. A little change5000 Telegraph Ave. (between 49th and 51st Streets), Oakland

Berkeley’s first location of expanding Chinese spicy and customizable soup chain Zhangliang Malatang is now open on Shattuck Avenue, joining sister locations in Mountain View, Dublin and San Mateo. Zhangliang-Malatang2237 Shattuck Ave. (on Kittredge Street), Berkeley

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